Bayern Sweep Aside Stuttgart, Reach D.F.B. Semifinal


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France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, who has scored eight goals in the Bundesliga and added another pair in the UEFA Champions League for Bayern Munich this season, shields the ball from Bosnia / Herzegovina international striker VEDAD IBISEVIC, the mid-term purchase of Vfb Stuttgart who cost 5.5 million Euros from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim just last month, during the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal quarterfinal match at the sold-out Mercedes Benz Arena in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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A well-worked goal a half an hour in and a lightning-fast second strike immediately after the break enabled visiting BAYERN MUNICH to brush aside the indifferent form displayed as of late and sweep aside Swabian rival VFB STUTTGART 2-0 for a deserved place in the semifinal round of the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal.

The joy generated by the Bavarians’ victory was mitigated somewhat, however, by the news that standout Germany World Cup defensive midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER, who had only just recently returned to action after having broken his collarbone and lost nearly three months earlier this term, suffered a torn ligament in his ankle and will be, once again, sidelined indefinitely.

Germany World Cup midfielder TONI KROOS, in the role of attacking central midfielder, was quite unlucky to have a quality rocket from long range crash off the crossbar in the 20th minute but the good fortune of Vfb Stuttgart’s one-time Germany U-21 international goalkeeper SVEN ULREICH would not last for long; just ten minutes later, Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER and Brazil international defender RAFINHA combined on the right and immeditately thereafter France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY had little trouble thumping Mueller’s inviting, low cross into the back of the net and recording his 11th goal of the season in all competitions.

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Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER (left), who has scored just four goals but has provided 10 assists and also won a significant number of penalties for Bayern Munich in all competitions this season, settles the ball in front of Vfb Stuttugart defender CRISTIAN MOLINARO, the 28-year-old, former FC Juventus Turin rearguard who has earned two caps for Italy in his career, during the D.F.B. Pokal quarterfinal match at the Mercedes Benz Arena.
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Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, who leads the Bundesliga once again this term with 17 goals, effectively clinched the result with a second goal for Bayern Munich only 35 seconds after the restart. Super Mario, who set a new domestic record with a 30.0 million Euro transfer from Vfb Stuttgart to the record German champions in the summer of 2009, initiated the move, himself, with a ball down the right flank for the in-form Mueller. Gomez met and volleyed Mueller’s curling cross from the penalty spot and was, at first, denied by a decent save from Ulreich but had a second chance when the rebound came straight back.

A 25th goal of the season for Gomez, then, who failed to score in his first match for Bayern Munich against his old Swabian club on the final day of October in 2009 but has racked up eight goals for the Bavarians on his last five appearances opposite Vfb Stuttgart since; the Swabians, for their part, never really did do much to trouble Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER, who recorded his 17th shutout in all competitions this season for Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich must wait until Saturday to learn the identity of whom the record German Cup winner (15 titles) will face in the semifinal round of the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal. The current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Moenchengladbach and 2.Bundesliga side SpVgg Greuther Fuerth would be the other three sides still left in the competition, which was first staged during the 1934/35 football season. Bayern Munich, to review, last won the D.F.B. Pokal after having defeated Werder Bremen 4-0 on May 15, 2010.

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Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER reacts in pain during the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal quarterfinal match with Vfb Stuttgart at the sold-out Mercedes Benz Arena in Baden-Wuerttemberg; Bayern Munich chief medical officer Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfarth later stated after an MRC scan and examination that Schweinsteiger has been fitted with a plaster cast but did not speculate when the 27-year-old midfielder with 90 caps and 23 goals for Deutschland might return to the Bavarian Startelf.
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VFB STUTTGART : Ulreich – Boulahrouz, Tasci, Niedermeier, Molinaro – Kvist, Gentner (Holzhauser 83′) – Okazaki (Harnik 57′), Schieber (Hajnal 70′) – Ibisevic, Cacau

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm – Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger (Alaba 17′) – Mueller, Kroos (Tymoshchuk 89′), Ribery (Olic 83′) – Gomez

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